hey, ive never been to this event, thinking about checking it out. has anyone been in the last couple weeks? i know its been rough weather wise, are the coasters generallly open if its cold? just wanted to get some thoughts from you guys before i drive 20 hours round trip, lol:) thanks!
I went last December and it was awesome, a *little* chilly but invigorating in a way. Just dress warm. ;-)
Thunderhead and TN Tornado were running most of the day. They shut down THead about an hour before closing, but that was because it dropped below 42 degrees. I *heard* that is when they close it down. I don't know how true that is, but yes, all the coasters were open. Nothing like riding THead at night in the chilly weather!
The whole park is beautiful, especially at night decked out in Christmas lights! :-) It's almost overwhelming. It's worth the trip, Tim!
Last year we had nearly ERT conditions, especially in the morning and late evening. It was da bomb! I will be there again!
It's my birthday present to me. :-P
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I believe they're open for all weather above 40 degrees. We went last year and had a blast riding Thunderhead, Tornado, and all of the other non-water rides all day. A huge group of us is going again next weekend, so it should be a blast. Highly recommended. :)
We went the Sunday before Thanksgiving. When it drops below 40 is when the coasters close. The day we went it stayed in the 50s and all the rides were operating. They were running one train on each coaster. Thunderhead had a wait of about 5 trains, but the wait on the Tornado was minimal and later in the day they were letting you reride if there were open seats.
It is a cool trip to the park becuase it is dark most of the time you are there, something that you cannot experience at Dollywood during other times of the year. They put a lot of effort into the lights, and they really add something to the atmosphere of the park.
The price for the event is high IMO ($40), but it is worth it if it stays about 40 degrees. I don't think i would have paid that price just to see the lights and shows though.
The shows are what makes the event though. The huge production of Dicken's Christmas Carol is one of the big draws to SDC. That being said, I would imagine that DW is just as pretty. I for one hope that it isn't as crowded there as it is here during the event. They have all the lots full by 3pm most weekends and have to bus people in from Branson East.
^ Agree totally! To be fair...I loved both parks and would consider a day at any HFEC park to be a "treat".
Now, I got BSF but think *I* would definitely prefer a day with P-Keg....SDC already had the steel goodies on DW anyway, even though I do love that next-gen Arrow TT. But, let's face it, T-head is a top-ten woodie by almost any standards, and I thought it gave a slight edge to Da Wood. Every mine train in existence (well, 'cept for SFFT's) should feature the seating configuration found on TNT!
You might as well stop by and ride OzCat while you are in Branson, Tina. Then swing up by KC and ride my new toy. :)
Also, IMHO the only thing that DW has on SDC is Thunderhead as the rest of the rides at DW are equal or below par to what SDC has... that being said, I would wager that will be taken care of before 2009.
Yes, but Dollywood is busy *improving* right along with ya there, Swooshy... ;)
edit: I can NOT wait for the ARN&R-style rumors about HFEC and a multi-coaster deal with GCII...my crystal ball must be coming in crystal clear, LOL. I mean, seriously, after Thunderhead, who ELSE is going to get to build SDC's wooden coaster. There are other coaster designers out there, but then you can't get THOSE trains... :)
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